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This image is more about the shadow than about the small statue of Buddha standing in the bright light. This is an old statue from someplace in Asia, given to me as a gift Christmas before last. It sits on the top of my bookcase that serves also as a sort of altar. Above is a wood block print of Mount Fuji, to the left a photograph of a lion gazing alertly over its domain, to the right a photograph of Ramana Maharshi. But all of that is in shadow, leaving the statue and the stems of grain lying next to it.

We find solace in times of strife in many ways. Hopefully, we have friends with whom to share life's challenges, who will listen to our lament, help dry our tears. The lotus leaf, rises, after all, out of the mud.

When the woman whose child had died comes to the Buddha with her pain, he invites her to go to the home that has not experienced loss and return with a mustard seed. She returned instead with the understanding that death touches us all. And so we share this journey.

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